Modern Art - Matthew Sweet
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  • Summary: The singer-songwriter/producer, who at one time worked with R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe in a band called Community Trolls in 1983, releases his first album under the Missing Piece label.
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  1. 80
    It's clear that he and his band took a lot of time to nurture and develop each song, and the result is superb collection of affective and elegant pop songs.
  2. Sep 28, 2011
    70
    Since he's operating on a small scale, none of this soars or rocks--the way In Reverse or Girlfriend did, respectively--yet the charm of Modern Art is its intimacy.
  3. Sep 28, 2011
    70
    Whatever the fuel, the songsmith has created sterling and a wonderfully adventurous record that is quite possibly his best since 1995's 100% Fun.
  4. Sep 28, 2011
    70
    Modern Art doesn't have the pure pop exuberance of Girlfriend, but it proves to be a welcome addition to a distinguished body of work.
  5. 60
    Modern Art stands as one of Sweet's most mature works, displaying his unique gifts as a songwriter and musician.
  6. Sep 30, 2011
    50
    Modern Art remains behind the veil, smoke and mirrors of nostalgia-not wholly accessible to audiences, modern or otherwise.
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